I’ve been driving for 37 years, since 1975. After driving around
In the past I considered myself an excellent driver. Now I wonder if my skills are diminishing, so I try to be all the more careful. I still think I’m a better driver than at least 95% of those on the road (though this list below may belie that claim).
Driving an unfamiliar Dodge Charge company car last week, I accidentally packed up into a Ford Escape in a parking lot. Damaged the very corner of its rear bumper. The Escape was parked in a weird space, in the middle of a small lot. Still, I felt stupid. It was the first “accident” I’d had in 27 years. Here are the others (dates are approximate):
2. Fender bender: Ptree & West Ptree: (1980). Changing lanes during rush hour, I impatiently tried to change lanes, bumping into another car.
3. Fender bender:
5. Speeding ticket:
6. Speeding ticket:
7. Speeding ticket: Powder Springs (2007). Speed trap.
8. Fender bender:
Other, more minor incidents:
9. Locked keys in car:
10. Ran out of gas: Wesley & Moores Mill (1981). With Brett. Yearwood was following, and he rescued me.
11. Ran out of gas: I-85 & Shallowford (1982). Returning after midnight from Tucker, my car died on 85 South. Found a phone and woke up Don Head. He wasn’t happy, but he was my savior. I still owe him!
12. Flat tire:
13. Locked keys in car: Ptree & Collier (1984). Getting gas around midnight. Called roommate Keith, who begrudgingly saved me.
14. Speeding (no ticket):
15. Two flat tires:
16. Flat tire: I-20 near
17. Speeding (no ticket):
18. Illegal turn (no ticket):
So half my slip-ups took place before I turned 27, during the first ten years I drove,. Since then I’ve averaged a “driving incident” once every seven years / 100,000 miles.